Regional Cities Funds Support Evansville Airport Upgrades

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Large-scale renovations to the Evansville Regional Airport have received a major boost. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. has approved $5 million in funding from the Indiana Regional Cities Initiative toward a more than $12 million project.

Officials say the work, which includes reconfiguring Transportation Safety Administration security gates, increasing use of jet ways and updating appearance, restrooms, restaurants and parking, to help EVV remain "functional and competitive."

Southwest Indiana Regional Development Authority President Beth McFadin Higgins says "the Evansville Regional Airport is the gateway to Southwest Indiana and the first impression travelers receive. It is important for this first impression to provide a welcoming environment along with the modern amenities of the 21st century traveler."

The IEDC says the improvements will help with business growth, talent attraction and supply chain improvement efforts.

Evansville-Vanderburgh Airport Authority District Executive Director Doug Joest call the airport an important economic driver and says "making investments that lay the groundwork for additional, affordable choices for flyers and better facilities for passengers is incredibly important. The Regional Cities funding will help the airport create a modern and streamlined terminal with an impressive front door to the community."

Design and bid work is expected to be complete in the coming weeks. The southwest Indiana Regional Cities plan included proposals for 11 regional development projects totaling $926 million. The statewide program is designed to boost quality-of-place and help with talent attraction and retention.

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